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I'm a Post-Doctoral Fellow in atmospheric remote sensing at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I first came to Stack Exchange for practical reasons: Tex.SE has been of major help when I wrote my licentiate (midterm) thesis. Since then, I have discovered the joy of many websites. As my network profile will show, I'm interested in travel, outdoor, scientific skepticism, and as I work in academia, also in academia and LaTeX.


May
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comment What Canadian national/provincial/territorial parks permit random backcountry camping, if any?
Great information! Unfortunately Quetico is a little bit further from southern Ontario than Algonquin or Killarney, but that of course is why it's less popular (even if it's not incredibly far from Winnipeg).
May
24
comment How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
@bashophil It appears so, although details may depend on residency. For example, in northern Ontario crown lands, non-residents need a permit.
May
24
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May
19
comment Where in Europe is wilderness meeting the U.S. wilderness definition?
Great answer! Is Europe the entire continent, or the European Union? I'd think 2% can be reached easily if European Russia is included.
May
15
comment How to dry wet shoes quickly?
Take your shoes off when crossing the stream? I usually take special sandals (Teva) for fording, then hang those outside my backpack to dry as I continue hiking.
May
13
comment Commuting by canoe
I hope you start downstream of the Rhine falls.
May
13
comment Trekking near Berlin
Will you have access to a car?
May
13
comment What are the consequences of — illegally — using a 446 MHz PMR in the North American wilderness?
Right, I won't.
May
13
comment What are the consequences of — illegally — using a 446 MHz PMR in the North American wilderness?
Great answer. The emergency assistance aspect is particularly convincing for me not to use it. I still wonder though, can a 500 mW source with a <10 km range cause interference for a very sensitive receiver hundreds of kilometres away?
May
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13
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Apr
28
comment In Canada, does a frontcountry campground kitchen shelter typically include a freezer?
@HTDutchy I've also seen people cool their beverages in rivers (and lose it after a sudden rise in water levels).
Apr
27
comment What routes in the Canadian Rockies have minimum group sizes (and where can I find about those)?
@BenCrowell To expand on that; regardless of ones abilities, I do believe it is safer to be in a group. I think the reason for the minimum group size is because grizzly bears are more likely to notice a large group, which reduces the probability of a chance encounter.
Apr
27
comment What routes in the Canadian Rockies have minimum group sizes (and where can I find about those)?
@BenCrowell I don't know. In fact, I wouldn't mind going with a group, but finding a group of 2–4 people with whom I get along 2 weeks in the wilderness is a highly non-trivial problem.
Apr
26
comment When (if ever) do backcountry campsites in the major Canadian national parks in the Rocky Mountains grow quiet?
Thanks for the answer. Oh, interesting. I was not aware of minimum group sizes and didn't read about those in the Jasper Backcountry Guide (PDF, 5 MiB). I have asked a question about those.
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